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Patch 2.6.1 Is Now Live + Patch Notes

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2.6.1 is finally live and we have all the changes that have arrived with it, as well as the official patch notes (that should be the same as the last PTR patch). Check out everything new that's come to Sanctuary, including a lot of item and set balancing, as well as some skill changes and with the usual bug fixes!

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Diablo III patch 2.6.1 is now live in the Americas for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One! Check out the full PC patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes. To view the console notes, please click here.
 
PATCH HIGHLIGHTS
  • Class Set Revisions
    • We’ve taken a top-down look across all class performance in Greater Rifts, and made several changes to bring as many gameplay styles as close in line to each other as possible, with a focus on the most popular or requested builds.
  • Skill Changes
    • Several skills have had their overall power buffed, while others have been tweaked for improved playability and performance.
  • Item Revisions
    • Numerous Legendary items have seen tweaks, yielding increased power for players to enjoy.

Important: Please note that you will not be prompted to download Patch 2.6.1 until the patch is live in your home region. If you are logging in from a European or Asian client, you will need to wait for this patch to release in that region before it can be installed. Additionally, if your home region is in the Americas, you will be unable to log into Europe or Asia using Global Play after Patch 2.6.1 is live until those regions have also patched.

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Diablo III Patch 2.6.1 - v2.6.1.47710

Visit our Bug Report forum for a list of known issues.

If you are experiencing technical issues with the patching process, connecting to Blizzard Services after installing the patch, or errors while playing a newly-patched game, please visit our support site or post in the Technical Support forum for assistance.

Table of Contents:

 

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CLASSES

  • Barbarian Skills
    • Battle Rage
      • Bloodshed
        • Has been redesigned:
        • Deal damage equal to 20% of your recent Critical Hits to enemies within 20 yards every 1 second.
        • Note: Bloodshed caused performance issues when encountering high enemy density, particularly when combined with Whirlwind, Pain Enhancer, and Gem of Efficacious Toxin.
    • Ground Stomp
      • Jarring Slam
        • Added a maximum threshold on the number of health globes that can spawn in a given time.
  • Crusader Skills
    • Blessed Hammer
      • Limitless
        • Has been redesigned:
        • Increase the damage of Blessed Hammer to 640% weapon damage as Holy and increase its area of effect by 20 yards.
        • Note: The extra projectiles created by this rune were causing performance issues in cases with high enemy density.
  • Monk Skills
    • Tempest Rush
      • Flurry
        • Reduced the maximum number of stacks from 500 to 100
  • Necromancer Skills
    • Command Skeletons
      • Commanding your Skeletal Warriors will break crowd control effects on them
      • Skeletal Warriors will no longer die after taking too many hits
      • Design Philosophy: When we were first designing Command Skeletons, we wanted to capture the feeling of being an undead commander by having skeletons regularly spawn around the Necromancer and charge into battle during combat. It created a cool visual, but as the class evolved through Set bonuses and Legendary powers, it became clear that this visual began to hinder gameplay for some builds. Skeletal Warriors now have the same defenses as all other pets in the game.
    • Devour
      • Voracious
        • Resource cost reduction stacks granted from this rune will now stack and are no longer overridden from multiple casts.
    • Simulacrum
      • Added a glow to the skill icon to indicate when Simulacrum is active.
    • Skeletal Mage
      • This skill will now display the duration of the oldest mage raised as a buff in addition to the total number of mages active
      • Design Philosophy: This change is largely to provide transparency to players on the duration of their mage armor. This will be especially useful to players using the Bones of Rathma set. It’s our goal that players will no longer feel compelled to refresh their Skeletal Mage counter when they’re already at max.
    • Bone Armor
      • Essence cost removed
      • Can now be cast while moving
    • Army of the Dead
      • Frozen Army
        • The pulsing damage from this rune has been spread out
        • Design Philosophy: This was done to ensure enemies within range are evenly hit and to better align with the visual. This will result in more targets being hit more consistently for the stated weapon damage amount.
  • Necromancer Passives
    • Fueled By Death
      • The movement speed bonus from this passive can now exceed the 25% cap
    • Life from Death
      • Added a maximum threshold on the number of health globes that can spawn in a given time.
  • Witch Doctor Skills
    • Soul Harvest
      • Adding a stack or refreshing Soul Harvest now refreshes all stacks of Soul Harvest.
  • Witch Doctor Passives
    • Creeping Death
      • Increased the duration of Haunt, Locust Swarm, and the damage amplification of Piranhas when this passive is active from 3600 to 19800 seconds
  • Wizard Skills
    • Arcane Orb
      • Frozen Orb
        • Create an orb of frozen death that shreds an area with ice bolts, dealing 393% 950% weapon damage as Cold
        • Increased projectile travel distance from 30 to 40
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue which prevented Army of the Dead from sometimes triggering when the player is immediately afflicted by a monster’s crowd control after casting it
    • Fixed an issue where enemy monsters could heal themselves when striking another monster afflicted by Leech
    • Fixed a bug which caused Skeletal Mages to sometimes spawn up in the air
    • Fixed an issue where the firewall left behind by Arcane Orb – Scorch was not dealing damage
    • Fixed an issue which caused Skeletal Mages to lose their target when players used Command Skeletons to attack the same target
    • Fixed an issue which caused connection issues when players used a channeling skill while attempting to force move at the same time
    • Fixed an issue where your pets would double dip from the damage bonus granted by Wolf Companion
    • Fixed an issue where the advanced tooltip for Bone Armor - Dislocation did not correctly state the rune did Poison damage
    • Fixed an issue where Furious Charge would inherit the elemental damage type on your weapon when Vile Ward was equipped, as opposed to the damage type of the rune you chose
    • Fixed an issue where Bone Armor: Dislocation did not apply the movement and attack speed reduction provided by Rigor Mortis
    • Fixed an issue where Monk players could reset the Blood is Power cooldown for Necromancers allowing them to gain more cool down reduction than intended
    • Fixed an issue where Creeping Death was not correctly affecting the duration of the Piranha’s damage debuff
    • Fixed an issue where the tooltip for Spike Trap - Impaling Spines did not display its correct damage type
    • Fixed an issue where the tooltip for Bone Armor - Harvest of Anguish did not display its correct damage type

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ITEMS

  • General
    • Many Legendary and Set items have had their drop chance increased
  • Legendary Items
    • Barbarian
      • Band of Might
        • After casting Furious Charge, Ground Stomp, or Leap, take 50–60% 60-80% reduced damage for 8 seconds
      • Bracers of Destruction
        • Seismic Slam deals 300–400% 400-500% increased damage to the first 5 enemies it hits.
      • Bracers of the First Men
        • Hammer of the Ancients attacks 50% faster and deals 150–200% 400-500% increased damage
      • Fury of the Vanished Peak
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Seismic Slam damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • Reduces the Fury cost of Seismic Slam by 40-50% and increases its damage by 400-500%.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Gavel of Judgement
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Hammer of the Ancients damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • Hammer of the Ancients returns 20–25 Fury if it hits 3 or fewer enemies. The damage of Hammer of the Ancients is increased by 600-800% and it returns 25 Fury if it hits 3 or fewer enemies
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Girdle of Giants
        • Seismic Slam increases Earthquake damage by 80–100% 200-250% for 3 seconds.
      • Skull Grasp
        • Increase the damage of Whirlwind by 250–300% 300-400%
      • Standoff
        • Furious Charge deals increased damage equal to 200–250% 400-500% of your bonus movement speed.
    • Crusader
      • Blade of Prophecy
        • No longer rolls a bonus to Condemn damage as an inherent affix.
        • Two Condemned enemies also trigger Condemn's explosion and the damage of Condemn is increased by 600-800%.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Bracer of Fury
        • Heaven's Fury deals 150–200% 300-400% increased damage to enemies that are Blinded, Immobilized, or Stunned.
      • Denial
        • Each enemy hit by your Sweep Attack increases the damage of your next Sweep Attack by 30–40% 100-125%, stacking up to 5 times.
      • Faithful Memory
        • Each enemy hit by Falling Sword increases the damage of Blessed Hammer by 50-60% 60-80% for 10 seconds. Max 10 stacks.
      • Fate of the Fell
        • Gain two additional rays of Heaven’s Fury.
        • Heaven's Fury gains two additional rays and has its damage increased by 375-500%
      • Frostburn
        • No longer smart drops for Crusader.
      • Frydehr’s Wrath
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Condemn damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • Condemn has no cooldown and has its damage increased by 600-800%, but instead costs 40 Wrath.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Golden Flense
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Sweep Attack damage as an inherent affix.
        • Sweep Attack restores 6 Wrath for each enemy hit and has its damage increased by 225-300%
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Gyrfalcon’s Foote
        • Removes the resource cost of Blessed Shield and increases Blessed Shield damage by 275-350%.
      • Jekangbord
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Blessed Shield damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • Blessed Shield ricochets to 6 additional enemies and has its damage increased by 225-300%.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
    • Demon Hunter
      • Dead Man’s Legacy
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Multishot damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • Legendary power now also increases Multishot damage, now reads Multishot hits enemies below 50-60% health twice and its damage is increased by 150-200%.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Karlei’s Point
        • The damage of Impale is increased by 300-375% and Impale it returns 10–15 Hatred if it hits an enemy already Impaled.
      • Lord Greenstone’s Fan
        • Every second, gain 160–200% 300-400% increased damage for your next Fan of Knives. Stacks up to 30 times.
      • Manticore
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Multishot damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • Reduces the Hatred cost of Cluster Arrow by 40-50% and increases its damage by 250-300%.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Yang’s Recurve
        • Multishot attacks 50% faster and its damage is increased by 150-200%.
      • Wraps of Clarity
        • Your Hatred Generators reduce your damage taken by 30–35% 40-50% for 5 seconds.
    • Monk
      • Binding of the Lost
        • Each hit with Seven-Sided Strike grants 3–3.5% 4-5% damage reduction for 7 seconds.
      • Balance
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Tempest Rush damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • The damage of Tempest Rush is increased by 450-600% and when your Tempest Rush hits 3 or fewer enemies, it gains 100% Critical Hit Chance..
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Cesar's Memento
        • Enemies take 300–400% 600-800% increased damage from your Tempest Rush for 5 seconds after you hit them with a Blind, Freeze, or Stun
      • The Fist of Az’Turrasq
        • Exploding Palm's on-death explosion damage is increased by 250–300% 400-500%. 
      • Incense Torch of the Grand Temple
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Wave of Light damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • Reduces the Spirit cost of Wave of Light by 40–50% and increases its damage by 450-500%.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Scarbringer
        • The damage of Lashing Tail Kick is increased by 300% 450-600% to the first 7 enemies hit
      • Spirit Guards
        • Your Spirit Generators reduce your damage taken by 30–40% 45-60% for 3 seconds.
    • Necromancer
      • Bloodsong Mail
        • While in the Land of the Dead, Command Skeletons gains the effect of all runes and deals 100–125% additional damage and gains the effect of the Enforcer, Frenzy, Dark Mending and Freezing Grasp runes.
      • Bloodtide Blade
        • Death Nova deals 20–30% 80-100% increased damage for every enemy within 15 25 yards..
      • Dayntee’s Binding
        • You gain an additional 40–50% damage reduction when there is an enemy afflicted by your Decrepify any of your curses.
      • Defiler Cuisses
        • Your Bone Spirit's damage is increased by 75–100% 400-500% for every second it is active.
      • Fate’s Vow
        • Army of the Dead now deals an additional 200-250% damage and gains the effect of the Unconventional Warfare rune.
      • Golemskin Breeches
        • Your Golem's damage is increased by 100–125% and You take 30% less damage while it your Golem is alive and the cooldown on Command Golem is reduced by 20-25 seconds.
      • Leger’s Disdain
        • Grim Scythe deals an additional 7–10% 65-80% damage for each point of essence it restores.
      • Lost Time
        • Your cold skills reduce the movement speed of enemies by 30%. In addition, your movement speed is increased by 4–5% 8-10% for 5 seconds. Maximum 5 stacks.
      • Maltorius’ Petrified Spike
        • Bone Spear now costs 40 Essence and deals 375–450% 550-700% increased damage.
      • Mask of Scarlet Death
        • When paired with the Revive: Purgatory rune, the mega-revived monster will drop the same number of corpses were used to create it on death.
        • This item will now attempt to give preference to the strongest monster to become the mega-revive when selecting a group of corpses.
      • Nayr’s Black Death
        • Each different poison skill you use increases the damage of your poison skills by 50–65% 75-100% for 15 seconds.
      • Scythe of the Cycle
        • Your Secondary skills deal 250–300% 350-400% additional damage while Bone Armor is active but reduce the remaining duration of Bone Armor by 4 seconds.
      • Steuart’s Greaves
        • You gain 40–50% 75-100% increased movement speed for 2 10 seconds after using Blood Rush.
      • The Johnstone
        • Each corpse consumed in the Land of the Dead gGrants a 50 stacks of Macabre Knowledge when Land of the Dead expires. Macabre Knowledge increases the damage of Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion by 150–200% while outside Land of the Dead.
    • Witch Doctor
      • Bakuli Jungle Wraps
        • Firebats deals 150–200% 250-300% increased damage to enemies affected by Locust Swarm or Piranhas.
      • Mask of Jeram
        • Pets deal 75–100% 150-200% increased damage.
      • Staff of Chiroptera
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Firebats damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
        • Firebats attacks 100% faster, and costs 70-75% less Mana, and has its damage increased by 125-150%.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • The Short Man’s Finger
        • Gargantuan instead summons three smaller gargantuans each more powerful than before that have their damage increased by 500-650%.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
    • Wizard
      • Deathwish
        • While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, all damage is increased by 30–35% 250-325%.
      • Etched Sigil
        • Your Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, and Ray of Frost also cast one of your other damaging Arcane Power Spenders which deal 125-150% increased damage every second.
        • While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, the damage of your Arcane Power Spenders is increased by 125-150% and you also cast one of your other damaging Arcane Power Spenders every second.
      • Halo of Karini
        • You take 45–60% 60-80% less damage for 3 5 seconds after your Storm Armor electrocutes an enemy more than 30 15 yards away
      • Nilfur's Boast
        • Increase the damage of Meteor by 200% 600%. When your Meteor hits 3 or fewer enemies, the damage is increased by 275–350% 675-900%
      • Orb of Infinite Depth
        • Each time you hit an enemy with Explosive Blast your damage is increased by 4% 8-10% and your damage reduction is increased by 15% 20% for 6 seconds. This effect can stack up to 4 times.
      • Ranslor’s Folly
        • Energy Twister does 225-300% more damage and periodically pulls in lesser enemies within 30 yards.
      • The Grand Vizier
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Meteor damage as an inherent affix.
        • Reduces the Arcane Power cost of Meteor by 50% and increases its damage by 30% 300-400%
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Triumvirate
        • Your Signature Spells increase the damage of Arcane Orb by 150–200% 300-400% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 3 times.
      • Unstable Scepter
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Arcane Orb damage as an inherent affix.
        • The damage of Arcane Orb is increased by 350-450% and its explosion triggers an additional time..
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
      • Wand of Woh
        • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Explosive Blast damage as an inherent affix.
        • The damage of Explosive Blast is increased by 300-400% and 3 additional blasts are triggered after casting Explosive Blast.
        • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
    • Set Items
      • Barbarian
        • Immortal King’s Call
          • (6) Set
            • While both Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients is active, you deal 400% 1500% increased damage.
        • Might of the Earth
          • (6) Set
            • Increase the damage of Earthquake, Avalanche, Leap, Ground Stomp, Ancient Spear and Seismic Slam by 1200% 5600%.
        • The Legacy of Raekor
          • (4) Set
            • Furious Charge gains the effect of every rune and deals 300% 1000% increased damage.
          • (6) Set
            • Every use of Furious Charge increases the damage of your next Fury-spending attack by 750% 2800%. This effect stacks. Every use of a Fury-spending attack consumes up to 5 stacks.
        • Wrath of the Wastes
          • (4) Set
            • During Whirlwind and for 3 seconds after, you gain 50% damage reduction and your applied Rends deal triple damage.
          • (6) Set
            • Whirlwind gains the effect of the Dust Devils rune and all Whirlwind damage is increased by 800% 3000%.
        • Bul-Kathos' Oath
          • (2) Set
            • Increases Fury Generation by 10 15
            • During Whirlwind you gain 30% 45% increased attack speed and movement speed
      • Crusader
        • Armor of Akkhan
          • (6) Set
            • While Akarat's Champion is active, you deal 600% 1500% increased damage and take 15% 50% less damage.
        • Roland's Legacymonke
          • (4) Set
            • Increase the damage of Shield Bash and Sweep Attack by 2500% 3300%.
        • Seeker of the Light
          • (6) Set
            • Increase the damage of Blessed Hammer by 1250% 2000% and Falling Sword by 500% 1000%.
        • Thorns of the Invoker
          • (2) Set
            • Your Thorns damage now hits all enemies in a 15 yard radius around you. Each time you hit an enemy with Punish, Slash, or block an attack your Thorns is increased by 35% 140% for 2 seconds.
          • (6) Set
            • The attack speed of Punish and Slash are increased by 50% and deal 800% 5400% of your Thorns damage to the first enemy hit.
      • Demon Hunter
        • Embodiment of the Marauder
          • (6) Set
            • Your primary skills, Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, Cluster Arrow, Companions, and Vengeance deal 1200% 3000% increased damage for every active Sentry
        • Natalya’s Vengeance
          • (6) Set
            • After casting Rain of Vengeance, deal 500% 3500% increased damage and take 60% reduced damage for 10 seconds
        • The Shadow's Mantle
          • (6) Set
            • Impale deals an additional 40000% 50000% weapon damage to the first enemy hit.
        • Unhallowed Essence
          • (6) Set
            • Your generators, Multishot, and Vengeance deal 40% 100% increased damage for every point of Discipline you have.
      • Monk
        • Inna’s Mantra
          • (6) Set
            • Gain the five runed Mystic Allies at all times and your damage is increased by 125% 150% for each Mystic Ally you have out.
        • Monkey King’s Garb
          • (6) Set
            • Has been redesigned.
            • Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, and Wave of Light have their damage increased by 1000% for each stack of Sweeping Wind you have.
        • Raiment of a Thousand Storms
          • (6) Set
            • Your Spirit Generators increase the weapon damage of Dashing Strike to 12500% 13000% for 6 seconds and Dashing Strike increases the damage of your Spirit Generators by 1250% 1300% for 6 seconds.
        • Uliana’s Stratagem
          • (4) Set
            • Your Seven-Sided Strike deals double 777% its total damage with each hit.
          • (6) Set
            • Increase the damage of your Exploding Palm by 250% 2100% and your Seven-Sided Strike detonates your Exploding Palm
        • Shenlong's Spirit
          • The damage of your Spirit Generators is increased by 1.5% 2% for each point of Spirit you have
          • When reaching maximum Spirit, all damage is increased by 150% 200%, but you no longer passively regenerate Spirit and 65 Spirit is drained every second until you run out of Spirit
      • Necromancer
        • Bones of Rathma
          • (6) Set
            • Each active Skeletal Mage increases the damage of your minions and Army of the Dead by 625% 1000%.
        • Grace of Inarius
          • (6) Set
            • Bone Armor also activates a swirling tornado of bone, damaging nearby enemies for 750% 1000% weapon damage and increasing the damage they take from the Necromancer by 2750% 3750%.
        • Pestilence Master’s Shroud
          • (4) Set
            • Each enemy you hit with Bone Spear, Corpse Lance or Corpse Explosion reduces your damage taken by 2%, up to a maximum of 50%. Lasts 15 seconds.
          • (6) Set
            • Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 3000% 3300%. In addition, Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion damage is increased by 1500% 1650%.
        • Trag’Oul’s Avatar
          • (6) Set
            • Your Life-spending abilities deal 3300% increased damage but cost twice as much Life. Your healing from skills is increased by 100%.
      • Witch Doctor
        • Helltooth Harness
          • (2) Set
            • Enemies hit by your primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, or Wall of Death are afflicted by Necrosis, becoming Slowed, taking 1500% weapon damage every second, and taking 20% increased damage from your attacks for 10 seconds.
          • (6) Set
            • After casting Wall of Death, gain 1400% 4400% increased damage for 15 seconds to your primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, and Wall of Death.
          • Note: The damage bonus for you against enemies affected with Necrosis causes performance issues when encountering high density. This change is not intended to be a nerf and, when coupled with the six-piece change, should be a net buff for the complete set. This change should not change the gameplay style of this set.
        • Raiment of the Jade Harvester
          • (2) Set
            • When Haunt lands on an enemy already affected by Haunt, it instantly deals 120 560 seconds worth of Haunt damage.
          • (6) Set
            • Soul Harvest reduces damage taken by 50% for 12 seconds and consumes your damage over time effects on enemies, instantly dealing 300 1650 seconds worth of remaining damage.
        • Spirit of Arachyr
          • (6) Set
            • The damage of your creature skills is increased by 2400% 4500%. Creature skills are Corpse Spiders, Plague of Toads, Firebats, Locust Swarm, Hex, and Piranhas. 
        • Zunimassa's Haunt
          • (6) Set
            • Enemies hit by your Mana spenders take 2500% 5500% increased damage from your pets for 8 seconds.
      • Wizard
        • Delsere’s Magnum Opus
          • (6) Set
            • Enemies affected by your Slow Time and for 5 seconds after exiting take 3500% 3800% increased damage from your Arcane Orb, Energy Twister, Explosive Blast, Magic Missile, Shock Pulse, Spectral Blade, and Wave of Force abilities.
        • Firebird’s Finery
          • (6) Set
            • Your damage is increased by 120% 200% and damage taken reduced by 3% for each enemy that is Ignited. This effect can stack up to 20 times. You always receive the maximum bonus whenever a nearby Elite monster is Ignited.
        • Vyr’s Amazing Arcana
          • (6) Set
            • You also gain Archon stacks when you hit with an Archon ability. Archon stacks now also reduce damage taken by 0.15% and have their damage bonus increased to 18% 50%
        • Chantodo's Resolve
          • (2) Set
            • Every second while in Archon form you expel a Wave of Destruction, dealing 350% 1000% weapon damage to enemies within 30 yards
            • Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, 350% 600% weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times
    • Other Items
      • Shields acquired by Necromancer players can now properly roll the +Max Essence affix
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue where Mimics created from Rabid Strike were not correctly inheriting the player’s bonus damage from Lashing Tail Kick, Seven Sided Strike, Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm and Wave of Light.
      • Fixed an issue where after dying, the pet damage bonus granted from Jesseth Arms could sometimes be lost if skeletons are re-commanded onto the same target.
      • Fixed an issue preventing the free Blood Nova granted by the Iron Rose from correctly granting the damage bonus from the Trag’Oul’s six-piece bonus.
      • Fixed an issue causing certain items to drop for the Necromancer which are not able to be equipped by the class.
      • Fixed an issue preventing Necromancer primary skills from taunting enemies when Boyarsky’s Chip is equipped.
      • Fixed an issue which prevented the +% Thorns damage bonus granted by Aberrant Animator from applying correctly to items such as the Spear of Jairo
      • Fixed an issue where you would not gain the buff from Crystal Fist when you had the buff from Channeling Pylon and Raiment of a Thousand Storms equipped
      • Fixed an issue with the (2) Set power of Vyr's Amazing Arcana where your Arcane Blast and Arcane Strike would not Freeze enemies unless you had the Slow Time rune chosen
      • Fixed an issue where the Wave of Destruction was doing slightly less damage than intended
      • Fixed an issue where the internal cooldown for channeled abilities on Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac would not scale with items that increased the attack speed of specific channeled abilities

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ADVENTURE MODE

  • Rifts
    • Reduced the number of deadends when Rifts choose the Temple of the Firstborn tileset
    • Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by the Hematic Disciple
    • Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by Blazing Guardians
    • Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by Smoldering Constructs
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3 hours ago, Starym said:

Shield Pylons no longer reflects damage back to attackers

  • Note: Reflecting damage back to attackers caused performance issues when encountering high density.

 

Finally, no more 30 sec "lag" and instant dead after that.

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For those Folks who are as dumbazz as I am sometime:

I got the official Patch this morning and I messed with my Yang's (sounds dirty to me) Build in 2.6.1.  I didn't realize it at first because on a Mac you can no longer Toggle in an out of the game to check your Gear against builds.  )It's been this way for 2 patches now and Bliz doesn't seem to give a crap.  Pain in my are).

Anyway - Used-up a bunch of Bounty Mats Upgrading to 2.6.1 Unhallowed gear until I realized that Our Old  Sets have the new Stats already applied to Our Old Existing Gear.

...and... it seems you can't roll a Legendary 2.6.0 into a 2.6.1.  To get the 2.6.1 Legendaries, you either need to Find them, or roll Yellows/Rares into Legendaries.

And honestly... my Character is just too friggin' powerful for T13.  Kinda boring.

 

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Haven't tried it yet, but T13 had already been kind of (too) easy.

Demon Hunter Multishot in a Sologame one-hitted next to everything - even though you had farming gear (Boon of the Hoarder, no Convention of Elements...) and not the Greater Rift Gear for maximum damage.

In a 4-player game it was ok, you got everything down quite fast, but at least it wasn't one-hit.

But with quite a huge damage-boost to the build (and to many other builds) it makes it even more easy. And T13 just too low.

Sure, it is fun to one-hit everything. For let's say half an hour. Then it gets boring.

 

Setchanges: IIRC they always "updated" old sets to the new stats.

Legendary: Legendaries had to be refarmed, you never could use the Cube to update an old legendary into the new one.

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i've been away from things so if dumb question is dumb I apologize.

does this patch herald in the new season?

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1 hour ago, Tri said:

i've been away from things so if dumb question is dumb I apologize.

does this patch herald in the new season?

New season arrives next month on the 9th. 

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6 hours ago, WedgeAntilles said:

Sure, it is fun to one-hit everything. For let's say half an hour. Then it gets boring.

 

Good thing that for people like you, Blizzard has introduced a feature with infinite scaling called Greater Rifts more than 3 years ago.

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11 minutes ago, Yridaa said:

Good thing that for people like you, Blizzard has introduced a feature with infinite scaling called Greater Rifts more than 3 years ago.

Yeah, but running only GR isn't that stimulating, is it?

Especially if you take into account that there is no difference from running a GR 30 or a GR 100.

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39 minutes ago, WedgeAntilles said:

Yeah, but running only GR isn't that stimulating, is it?

Especially if you take into account that there is no difference from running a GR 30 or a GR 100.

IDK, I feel like there's a fair bit of difference in playstyle between doing a 100 solo and a 30 solo. There's something pretty nice about clearing a new GR level after trying and coming so close before. I was pretty happy with my 95 solo this season and it felt great.

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When do you think we could start seeing the guide updates? I know there is probably a lot of testing still needed, but I imagine the PTR allowed a lot of the popular builds to already see some updates roll in. Would love to see what the WW Barb is looking like now. I added Rend instead of Ground Stomp and it made 80 guardians so much easier. Love it!

Really sucks that the previous legendaries don't get updated. I had a perfectly rolled Ancient Karlei's Point.

Excited though. Was much more fun playing the WW Barb yesterday!

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33 minutes ago, JefersonD said:

Can i reforge an old item to receive the new stats?

Yang's recurve, for example?

Negative. Cannot reforge old to new. Gotta re-farm  =(

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3 hours ago, Sharknad0 said:

When do you think we could start seeing the guide updates?

Most of the guides are ready. There are details that still need to be worked on, but those should be finished later this week. So, hopefully they should start appearing later this week or sometime next week if something goes wrong.

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5 hours ago, Blainie said:

IDK, I feel like there's a fair bit of difference in playstyle between doing a 100 solo and a 30 solo. There's something pretty nice about clearing a new GR level after trying and coming so close before. I was pretty happy with my 95 solo this season and it felt great.

Managing a new personal best is great, no questiont about that.

But nevertheless, for me D3 is not just Greater Rift, Greater Rift, Greater Rift.

Earlier on, there was no Torment XI or XII or XIII - they came up with them as builds got more and more damage. And since they made Torment XIII damage has drastically increased again. That's why I'd really like to see more Torment levels.

Those who just want to farm GR can continue to do that, they have no disadvantage. But everybody who wants to do some bounties or things like that has a more interesting game IMO.

But maybe I am just a minority and most player prefer Greater Rifts - after all Greater Rifts do give the most XP / playhour, the most legendaries per hour and the most bloodshards per hour.

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Another thing.   It looks like the Legendaries that are in the Cube have their Stats Changed from 2.6.0 to 2.6.1, but are no longer Assigned to the Cube Slot.  You seem to only have to reassign them.

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13 hours ago, Yridaa said:

Good thing that for people like you, Blizzard has introduced a feature with infinite scaling called Greater Rifts more than 3 years ago.

I think GRs are boring.  Its a redundant slog of never-ending sprinting.

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10 hours ago, JefersonD said:

Can i reforge an old item to receive the new stats?

Yang's recurve, for example?

Nope... but you can Reforge Yellows/Rares into Legendaries and for some reason I got pretty lucky finding them... no ancients yet.  I posted my quickie findings above.

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6 hours ago, albabe said:

I think GRs are boring.  Its a redundant slog of never-ending sprinting.

I don't see how T1-13 solves that problem.

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47 minutes ago, Yridaa said:

I don't see how T1-13 solves that problem.

I would have assumed split farming bounties and normal rifts is essentially just speed farming. If anything, progressing GRs would be the slower, more measured attempt at clearing things. For bounties, you surely just want to clear the specific objective as fast as possible. That probably wouldn't change at T15, or T20.

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6 hours ago, Yridaa said:

I don't see how T1-13 solves that problem.

 

GRs are just sprints that are ONLY about your Time -  You don't find any loot and just try to beat your last Time.  It's like running around in a museum as fast as you can and not enjoying the Art.

Diablo is a little Virtual Reality for me - I dig the environments - running around in them, finding Loot, and killing monsters is fun to me.

I guess it depends on your philosophy of what's more Important - The Destination or the Journey.

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20 hours ago, albabe said:

GRs are just sprints that are ONLY about your Time -  You don't find any loot and just try to beat your last Time.  It's like running around in a museum as fast as you can and not enjoying the Art.

I think that's only for low GRs, though. At around 100+, it's also about communicating with your team as to whether you can skip mobs, need to stack more, should you abandon a pack or pull it with you, should you skip the level or not, etc.

It's less so about beating your time, more so about completing it in time for a higher level IMO.

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3 hours ago, Blainie said:

I think that's only for low GRs, though. At around 100+, it's also about communicating with your team as to whether you can skip mobs, need to stack more, should you abandon a pack or pull it with you, should you skip the level or not, etc.

It's less so about beating your time, more so about completing it in time for a higher level IMO.

Where I live in Sf, we have crap Internet.  We're too far from where the brilliant planners put the Hubs... so I don't play with anyone except my wife, who's sitting next to me on the Futon.  So we just run around and kill stuff and pick-up stuff.

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On 27.10.2017 at 12:38 PM, Blainie said:

I think that's only for low GRs, though. At around 100+, it's also about communicating with your team as to whether you can skip mobs, need to stack more, should you abandon a pack or pull it with you, should you skip the level or not, etc.

It's less so about beating your time, more so about completing it in time for a higher level IMO.

If you play in an organzied group / clan that is true.

Personally, I just play a few hours D3, then I have weeks (even months) I don't play at all.

That's why I have no group / clan or something like that -> I don't run GR in a group, only solo.

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    • By Starym
      Season 21 is almost done (although we might be seeing some delays/extensions) and it hasn't been the most popular of seasons, but it did have many unique aspects to it, from the almost-kinda-exploits to the crazy 10K+ gathering of the seasonal stacks outside Greater Rifts, and much more. Today we'll be taking a look back and discussing what the issues with this and similar themes, how they potentially ruin the core concept of the game, how this type of seasonal power should be done in the future and much more.
      To do this we have our own guide writer Deadset and special guest sVr, an EU player and top theorycrafter who has been concocting guides and mechanical analysis to the benefit of the whole Diablo community since the dawn of seasonal play. You might remember him for unleashing the Bazooka Wizard onto Sanctuary, breaking down the veil of obscurity on Spirit Barrage, and many other math-heavy feats and word-laden reddit posts. You've certainly seen him on Twitch, both as a regular caster and a Blizz-sanctioned invitee to Gamescom and BlizzCon broadcasts. He likes crunching numbers, crunching hugs and horrible Californian iced tea. So let's get to it as the two take on the Trials of Tempests.
       
       
      Introduction
      Deadset:
      Season 21 bears the name “Trial of Tempests” and uses a mechanic that is closely related to the one from Season 19, the “Season of Eternal Conflict” — it is once again based on abilities spawned by the game, but based on a timer rather than kill count. The goal was, once again, to make the effect Season-defining in terms of power, and the developers have matched — and even surpassed — the powers of the former mechanic. It has certainly led to a spike in build potential within the 10+ Greater Rift tiers range, with certain builds of course benefiting more from the theme than others.
      Whenever a proc-reliant, percentage damage-based power gets introduced to the game, it opens a window for ‘clever use of mechanics’, or outright exploitation, and it requires careful monitoring by the developers. And while I can certainly commend the teams for squashing out abusive strategies in a timely manner, I can safely say that with two proc-based Seasons behind us — the sheer potential for abuse and the diminished feel of player agency stemming from themes like these bring down the morale of casual and veteran players alike. The visual treat of these effects fades away in the early stretch of a Season, leaving players to a prolonged period of visual fatigue, lessened screen readability, and even technical issues in certain cases.
      sVr:
      The Trial of Tempests seasonal theme had a very similar feeling to S19, where generated (not-selfcast) abilities would spawn after a certain condition is met. A couple of severe issues were identified on the PTR and were fixed appropriately. As an example, the theme itself scaled with Area Damage equipped on one’s character, and a player was able to teleport out of the GR, safely wait in town for the countdown, re-enter the GR and “idle in the immunity phase of entering a rift” while the seasonal theme would proc and kill everything. These issues were fixed, but I feel that the general concept of auto-generator themes are flawed and they simply brick the core concept of Diablo 3 for me.
       
       
      Theme Behavior and Relation to Core Gameplay
      Deadset:
      All this, of course, is not to say the theme lacks strategizing potential; simply that it externalizes the potential from the capabilities of the character and the build choices you’ve made along the way, and shifts decision making all too much in the direction of effects that feel even more arbitrary and unpredictable than the “usual suspects” of rift layout, monster composition and elite affix RNG.
      To put this in perspective, a Greater Rift pushing attempt that falls into the “stars have aligned in your favor” category — one with desirable open spaces, monster density and decent Pylon spawns — can be completely ruined by a bad proc of the Seasonal theme. Some work mostly to your advantage, like the Beam proc and the decent amount of control you can apply to its effect. Some of the procs are reliant on the spaces you choose to fight in — the Twisters and Snowball, for example, benefit greatly from small, closed off spaces and tight corners. And others still require plain luck — maybe the Meteor strikes the cluster of monsters you prepared... or maybe it doesn’t. Maybe the Fire Wave melts the Elite pack ahead of you, or maybe it bugs out and doesn’t spawn at all, and ends your push then and there. To make matters even worse, the harder you lean into the Seasonal theme to make the Rift clear — very understandable considering its ubiquitous power — the more you open yourself to bad RNG from the procs, inevitably leading to some very unsatisfying pushing sessions where you have played your build to the maximum of its potential, played around Rift RNG, and still fall prey to an additional layer of randomization.
      sVr:
      To elaborate on my comment about ‘bricking the core game concepts’, this is how I see it: the power of one’s character in Diablo 3 comes from three different sources.
      Paragon and Augments: Increasing one's damage via the (1 + mainstat/100) multiplier, as well as one's toughness via the respective defensive mainstat bonus (All Resistance via Intelligence, Armor via Strength/Dexterity).  Gear and Affix Quality: Increasing one's damage via appropriate primary affix rolls (e.g. quadfecta weapons or gloves, trifecta jewelry) and high legendary affix rolls. Increasing one's toughness with appropriate primary (All Resistance, Elite Damage Reduction %) and secondary (Reduction of damage from melee and ranged sources, Crowd Control Reduction %, single element Resistance) affixes. Main Gems: Increasing one's damage/toughness via high gem levels. There isn't any other “dimension” that gives power to the overall capability of one's character. Sure, there is the “capability” of a player on how well one can play his character, however, for the sake of this argument, assume that everyone has the same exact skill; everyone is a god tier gamer. In this scenario, each time a player logs in to play his goal is to progress his character making it stronger. One chooses to scale these three pillars over the span of a season progressively to reach higher and higher in GRs.
      For the first pillar (Paragon) people would choose to run XP meta runs, such as Rats runs (or historically Vyr Wizard XP groups, Charge Barbarian XP groups, Rend Barbarian XP groups, etc.). For the second pillar (Gear/Items) people would choose to run Bounties in "teched out 4 Man groups" (quad-Unhallowed Essence Multishot Demon Hunters) to ultimately reforge their gear into the desired rolls. For the third pillar (Main Gems) people would choose to run 1%ers (mostly solo) or group meta (GR150) to level their Main Gems to max cap. While 1%er runs are, quite frankly, a “thing of the past” nowadays, back in the days these runs constituted another end-game activity with a different group setup. Technically speaking, only solo self found players regularly play 1% runs to increase their gem levels.

        How the Theme Circumvents Progression
      Deadset:
      Over the course of the Season, experienced players have learned a great deal about the inner workings of the Season 21 theme, and using them to their Greater Rift pushing advantage. The theme even enables the tantalizing proposition of dropping Bane of the Stricken — one of the game’s staple pushing Legendary Gems, which is often single-handedly responsible for taking down Rift Guardians with its damage stacking mechanic — and going all in with the proc RNG, hoping circumstances and its damage would be enough to obliterate the biggest HP obstacle in the Rift.
      The general strategy for S21 Rift progression got distilled to the maximization of trash pulls, with heavy emphasis on getting the most out of the initial proc in terms of stacks, and snowballing that effect into future trash pulls — with the added factor of their even spacing and preparation for the 90-second interval of the theme effect. The timing aspect attains some additional complexity in groups, where synchronization of the procs between party members comes into play. Killing elites got relegated to (mostly) collateral damage in favor of building momentum via trash throughout the clear, although exceptions could be made when stacks were deemed high enough, elite health got low enough from circumstances, or a combination of both. The overall principle for elites, especially in a Stricken-deprived build, was to simply skip them.
      If we were to summarize the optimization of the Seasonal theme’s effects, it would be to:
      Amass a huge monster pull to kickstart your stacks as soon as the first proc comes into effect. Chain trash pulls for every subsequent theme proc, trying to keep your stacks well above a 50 stack minimum — although ideally, much higher. Chain trash pulls with careful positioning and judgment of your surroundings to squeeze the most of the upcoming effect. With some practice, rinsing and repeating steps 2 and 3 will take you much higher into Greater Rift progression, but also translates into half of the time spent in a GR push attempt or more being spent on proc setup and positioning, instead of using the capabilities of your own character. This is very reminiscent of the gameplay loop forced by exploitative mechanics, and I’ll once again leave it to the capable hands of SVR to walk you through his definition of the term (that I also share), as well as some of its history in Diablo 3.
      sVr:
      Each of the gameplay pillars I described before aren't entirely perpendicular to one another, but they all serve to increase one's power — allowing for higher GRs to be DPS-ed. Once a mechanic short-circuits all those three pillars (you don't need to scale the pillars anymore to go "higher in GRs"), it fundamentally breaks the feedback loop and core concept of the game. One technically doesn't need to "scale one's character" (or in other words, play the game as intended) to increase one's power.
      Historically, this was always my train of thought on how to "identify an exploit" that is clearly not just “a clever use of game mechanics” (as often postulated by 'exploit'-defenders). An example would be the “Necromancer’s Frailty curse plus Demon Hunter’s Marked for DeathGrim Reaper debuff” exploit after the Necromancer's release, where an entire screen would get one-shot by the interaction of both skills, regardless of what gear, paragon and main gems the Necromancer and Demon Hunter players had equipped. The Necro and DH were the damage dealers in that scenario - yet, their damage was "un-scalable" by any ingame playtime investment: regardless of how much time those players would've put in the game, they would've always executed the entire screen by the maximum damage value the game could apply. This mechanic short-circuited the entire concept of "power", hence, an exploit in my books.
       

      Conclusion
      Deadset:
      There is depth to be found in Season 21’s mechanics and what they bring to the game; certainly, an argument can be made that it forces you to play differently, to think differently of the things you do during the Greater Rift pushing attempts, which has always been the highlight of ‘hard’ content in Diablo 3, the proving ground of your heroes. In my book however, the shift from the intrinsic qualities of the aRPG genre — gradual character development, set and legendary item interactions, proactive use of abilities and their synergy — into a thinly veiled management of timers, is the wrong one to make. I greatly appreciate the practice of “themed Seasons” and the additional developer thought and effort spent, but in the future I’d be happy to see more player control and agency over the things happening on screen.
      sVr:
      Unfortunately, the S21 Theme, while not technically an exploit, nominally behaves the same way as an exploit in its current iteration. No amount of time investment scales your character's capability in GRs. While this is not entirely true and definitely and over-exaggerated statement, since you still get tankier and can increase your non-theme damage output, the core of the issue remains the same: there is no reason to play, besides playing the S21 Theme itself until you clear GR150 with it. To me this fundamentally breaks what Diablo 3 and GR progression is about; a journey of your character’s progression.
    • By Starym
      Season 21 starts today!  It's going to be quite a season, especially for Demon Hunters. We've already taken a look at the top builds for solo pushing, speedfarming and group compositions, as well as the meta-breaking new 3x DH-based XP farm setup which dethroned Rat runs, so now its time to head for the full guides themselves, and we have them ready for all classes!
      Barbarian
      The Support build still reigns supreme, as it retains it's place in the new XP farm meta, and the rest of the rankings haven't changed since the last season, as Barbarians didn't get many changes.
      Support Barbarian (Raekor + HotNS + Istvan) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variant Rend Barbarian (WotW + Istvan) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Seismic Slam Barbarian (MotE + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Frenzy Barbarian (HotNS + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Hammer of the Ancients Raekor Barbarian (Raekor + Endless Walk + Istvan) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Hammer of the Ancients IK Barbarian (IK + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Furious Charge Barbarian (IK + Raekor) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Leap/Earthquake Barbarian (MotE + Bastions) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Hammer of the Ancients GR Barbarian (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Mid Tier) Whirlwind Wastes Barbarian (WotW + Bul-kathos) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Frenzy Thorns Barbarian (LoN) Speed Farming Variation
        Crusader
      Crusaders also didn't get a big shift in rankings, as the seasonal power doesn't really affect the individual builds.
      Heaven's Fury Crusader (Aegis of Valor) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Blessed Shield Crusader (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Thorns Crusader (Invoker + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Condemn LoD Crusader (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (High Tier) Condemn Akkhan Crusader (Akkhan + Bastions) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Hammerdin Crusader (SoL + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Sweep Attack Crusader (Roland + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Fist of the Heavens Crusader (Aegis of Valor) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Bombardment Crusader (LoN) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Shield Bash Crusader (Roland + Bastions) Speed Farming Variation
        Demon Hunter
      Season 21 is very much the season of the Demon Hunter, as their new Gears of Dreadlands set brought them 2 top tier builds, both for solo pushing and XP farming.
      Support Demon Hunter (GoD + Marauder) (Top Tier) (New) Hungering Arrow Demon Hunter (GoD + Bastions) (Top Tier) (New) Bolas Variation Rapid Fire Demon Hunter (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Rapid Fire Natalya Demon Hunter (Natalya + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Impale Demon Hunter (Shadow + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Group Progression Variation Sentry Demon Hunter (Marauder + Natalya + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Multishot Demon Hunter (Unhallowed + Bastions) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Cluster Arrow Demon Hunter  (Marauder + Bastions) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Rockets-based Progression Variation Grenades Demon Hunter (Unhallowed + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Rain of Vengeance Demon Hunter (Natalya + Bastions) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Fan of Knives LoD Demon Hunter (Legacy of Dreams Gem) Chakram Demon Hunter (Unhallowed + Bastions) Speed Farming Variation
        Monk
      Monk support is still on top as the class build rankings stay the same as last season.
      Support Monk (Inna + Born's Command + Captain Crimson) (Top Tier) Tempest Rush Sunwuko Monk (Monkey King + Captain Crimson) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Tempest Rush Patterns Monk (Patterns of Justice + Captain Crimson) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Wave of Light LoD Monk (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Wave of Light Monk (Monkey King + Captain Crimson) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Inna Variation Generator Monk (Rainment + Endless Walk + Captain Crimson + Shenlong) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Inna Variation Seven-Sided Strike Monk (Uliana + Captain Crimson + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Lashing Tail Kick LoD Monk (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Mid Tier) Lashing Tail Kick Monk (Monkey King) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Exploding Palm Monk (Inna + Endless Walk) Speed Farming Variation Mystic Ally Pets Variation
        Necromancer
      The Necromancer may have gotten the shorter end of the new set stick, but they did get plenty of new toys to play with, resulting in a new build at the top of the list and two more top tier ones, with a whole lot of LoD!
      Corpse Explosion LoD Necromancer  (LoD) (Top Tier) (New) Key Farming Variation Support Necromancer (Pestilence + Captain Crimson) (Top Tier) Poison Scythe LoD Necromancer (LoD) (Top Tier) (New) Trash Killer Variation Corpse Lance LoD Necromancer (LoD) (Top Tier) Skeletal Mage Singularity/Archers LoD Necromancer (LoD) (Top Tier) (New) Speed Farming Variation Key Farming Variation Corpse Lance Necromancer (Pestilence + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Trag'Oul Variation Group Progression Variation Skeletons Thorns Solo LoD Necromancer (LoD) (High Tier) Generator Necromancer (Inarius) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Skeletal Mages Rathma Necromancer (Rathma + Jesseth) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Group Speed GR Variation Skeletal Mages Trag'Oul Necromancer (Trag'Oul + Jesseth) (Mid Tier) Solo Progression Variation Blood Nova LoD Necromancer (LoD) (Mid Tier)
        Witch Doctor
      The WD's new set from a while ago has crept up the rankings and landed on top, edging out the ever popular Poison Dart build.
      Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor (Mundunugu + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Carnevil Poison Dart Witch Doctor (Zunimasa + Aughild's Authority + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Carnevil Poison Dart Dagger of Darts Witch Doctor (LoD) (Top Tier) Soul Harvest Witch Doctor (Jade Harvester) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Group Progression Variation Firebats Witch Doctor (Arachyr + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Group Progression Variation Gargantuan Zunimasa Witch Doctor (Zunimasa + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Gargantuan Helltooth Witch Doctor (Helltooth + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Zombie Bears Witch Doctor (Helltooth + Endless Walk) Speed Farming Variation Acid Cloud Witch Doctor (Helltooth + Bastions) Speed Farming Variation Grasp of the Dead Witch Doctor (Helltooth + Endless Walk)
        Wizard
      Wizards retain their rankings from last season, with the ubiquitous Archon remaining on top.
      Archon Wizard (Vyr + Chantodo) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Mammoth Hydra Wizard (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Frost Hydra Wizard (Typhon's Veil) (High Tier) Meteor Wizard (Firebird + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Tal Rasha Variation Star Pact Variation Frozen Orb Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Energy Twister Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Manald Lightning Archon Wizard (Tal Rasha + Vyr) (Mid Tier) Group Progression Variation Solo Progression Variation Archon Wizard (Firebird + Chantodo + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Arcane Torrent Manald Wizard (Tal Rasha + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Electrocute Variation Spectral Blade Variation Arcane Orbit Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) Speed Farming Variation Explosive Blast Farming Wizard (Tal Rasha + Sage) Greater Rifting Variation
        Those are all the class guides we have, the season start in a matter of hours and we hope you have a great time!
       

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    • By Stan
      Wudijo scored the world's fastest Solo Greater Rift 150 in time in Season 21 with his Demon Hunter after 5,500 used keys and weeks of attempts. Congrats!
      UPDATE: This is currently the world's second clear of Solo GR150, not world first as we thought, we apologize for the confusion!
      Placeholder for tweet 1289929742800449540   The player completed the rift and killed the Infernal Maiden with 1 minute and 4 seconds remaining on the timer.

      Here are the final moments of the run!
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